Cardinal Choices: Presidential Science Advising from the Atomic Bomb to Sdi (Google eBook)

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Stanford University Press, 1992 - Science - 358 pages
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This book is a history of the complex relations between scientific advisors, primarily physicists, and U.S. presidents in their role as decision makers about nuclear weapons and military strategy. The story, unsurprisingly, is one of considerable tension between the "experts" and the politicians, as scientists seek to influence policy and presidents alternate between accepting their advice and resisting or even ignoring it. First published in 1992, the book has been brought up to date to include the experiences of science advisors to President Clinton. In addition, the texts of eleven crucial documents, from the Einstein-Szilard letter to President Roosevelt (1939) to the announcement of the Strategic Defense Initiative by President Reagan (1983), have been added as appendixes.
  

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Contents

Chapter 2
17
Chapter 3
34
Chapter 4
49
The Impetus
67
Chapter 6
82
Chapter 7
101
The Perils
125
Chapter 9
146
Chapter 12
199
Speaking the Truth to Power
217
A EinsteinSzilard Letter to President Roosevelt proposal to build
229
The
235
F Killians Charter for PSAC December 1957
241
Garwin Letter to President Carter defense of a comprehensive test
250
Notes
263
Bibliography
341

Chapter 10
165
Chapter 11
184

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About the author (1992)

Gregg Herken is Historian and Curator at the Space History Department of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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